Weekend Round Up, Nov. 17 – 20

The final weekend before the true hustle and bustle of the holidays awaits. Enjoy some seasonal magic at Ford’s Theatre and check out the opening weekend of DC Holiday Lights. The Downtown Holiday Market returns, Chicago is at The National Theatre, The Choral Arts Society celebrates a new season and the National Museum of African American History and Culture delights with a new exhibit. Happy exploring! 

See the Razzle Dazzle of “Chicago” at The National Theatre 

Cue the jazz hands! Now through November 27 only, Chicago is playing at The National Theatre. After decades, the show still holds up with its universal tale of fame and fortune set to a jazz score by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander. Here’s a fun fact: Chicago is the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history. You can get tickets for the show here. 

‘Tis the Season! The Downtown Holiday Market Returns Tomorrow 

You can start your holiday shopping early at the annual Downtown Holiday Market. Located at F St. NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW, expect to see over 70 exhibitors and food vendors providing lots of treats and hot beverages. There will be many Black-owned and minority owned businesses from the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Made in DC Program. Find out more about the market times here. 

Friday marks the opening of the annual Downtown Holiday Market. Courtesy Washington.org.

The Choral Arts Society’s Season Opener is Saturday 

See The Choral Arts Society perform “O! What a Beautiful City” for the first time on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral. The organization is kicking off its 58th season with the show featuring the Symphonic Chorus with soprano soloist Millicent Scarlett. “O! What a Beautiful City” is an ode to Washington, D.C. All of the composers and musical selections have ties to the area. Also, the show marks new Artistic Director Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan’s first. More on how to get tickets here. 

See The Choral Arts Society’s season opener at The National Cathedral this weekend. Courtesy Choral Arts Society.

The NMAAHC Opens “Spirit in the Dark” 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its newest exhibit, “Spirit in the Dark: Religion in Black Music, Activism and Popular Culture” on Friday. Expect to see a showcase of photos from Ebony and Jet magazines and artifacts that explore ways the publications represented religion as part of the cultural fabric of the African American experience. Prince, Aretha Franklin, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison and more will be featured. More information can be found here. 

A new exhibit is opening this weekend at The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Courtesy NMAAHC.

DC Holiday Lights is Back 

Enjoy the first weekend of “DC Holiday Lights.” The city’s main streets and commercial corridors have joined together to bring guests a lovely array of lights and décor perfect to get you in the spirit. You can also cast your vote for the best decorations. You know who we vote for! More information on the event and Georgetown’s lights can be found here. 

DC Holiday Lights is back—don’t forget to vote for Georgetown! Courtesy Georgetown BID.

… Speaking of Holidays! A Christmas Carol Opens this Weekend 

Join Ford’s Theatre for the opening weekend of “A Christmas Carol.” The timeless tale featuring the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and of course everyone’s favorite grinch Ebenezer Scrooge are back for a Yuletide production. The show runs through December 31. More information on how to get tickets can be found here. 

Get into the holiday spirit with A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre this weekend. Courtesy Ford’s Theatre.






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